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Wine Business 101: Exploring America’s Largest Wine Industry Trade Show

The Wine Economist

Contributing editor Sue Veseth is fascinated by wine industry trade shows. She recently attended the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium trade show in Sacramento, California. Here is her report. >>><<< Making wine is not very stuff-intensive, right? Some grapes, a vessel for fermentation, maybe a couple of barrels, some bottles or jugs, closures — voilà! […]

Wine Tourism Grows Up: A Visit to Washington’s Chateau Ste Michelle

The Wine Economist

I am in Kennewick, Washington today and tomorrow to speak at the Washington Winegrowers Association 2018 Convention & Trade Show.  Tomorrow I’ll share some thoughts about wine premiumization in the “State of the Industry” session, but today’s focus is wine tourism. I’ll give a global perspective on wine tourism as part of a program on  “The Business […]

Wine Tourism Challenge: Giving City Visitors a Taste of the Wine Country

The Wine Economist

The most famous explanation of international trade is David Ricardo’s Theory of Comparative Advantage. England can make both cloth and wine and so can Portugal, but they will both gain if England specializes in cloth and trades it for Portuguese wines on the basis of each country’s relative efficiency of production. Divine Will? There are […]

Around the World in Eighty Wines Wins Gourmand International Wine Book Prize

The Wine Economist

My new book Around the World in Eighty Wines has received the Gourmand International 2018 award for best U.S. book in the wine and spirits tourism category and will now compete for “Best in the World” with winners from other countries. The global gold, silver, and bronze medals will be announced this May at award […]

Trickle Up Wine Economics and the Big Wine Market Squeeze of 2018

The Wine Economist

You’ve probably heard of “trickle down” economics. It’s the theory that if you give money to the rich it ends up benefiting those who are not so rich as the wealthy spend or invest their money and create incomes and jobs for others. Trickle Up and Down Trickle down economics is controversial. Not because it […]

Mother Nature Strikes Back: The Big Wine Market Squeeze of 2018

The Wine Economist

I’m busy getting ready for the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, which takes place in Sacramento later this month. It is the biggest wine industry meeting and trade show in North America, with over 14,000 attendees expected for the event’s three-day run from January 23 to 25. Sacramento Dreaming There’s a lot to see and […]

Wine Economist World Tour 2018 Update

The Wine Economist

Happy New Year to all. The Wine Economist World Tour is back on the road in 2018. I’m looking forward to speaking at regional wine industry meetings in Washington, Idaho, and Colorado, plus the big national meeting in Sacramento. Here are World Tour stops for January and February 2018. January 2018 The World Tour comes […]

Field Notes from a Visit to Madeira: The Island Where Old Barrels Go to be Reborn

The Wine Economist

Madeira is a Portuguese island off the coast of Morocco, a short 80 minute flight from Lisbon. When it was discovered in 1419 it was uninhabited, but now a quarter-million residents plus hundreds of thousands of tourists fill the island. Madeira is famous for soccer (the Funchal airport is named for native son and Real […]

The Wine Economist Guide to 2017 Wine Books to Give and to Read Yourself, Too

The Wine Economist

The holidays are a great time to give someone you know a book and an even better time to sit down (with a glass of wine) and read one yourself. Wine books are especially welcome this time of year because, well, they are wine books, so how can they not be interesting and fun? Here […]

New Wine Books: Lewin’s Intelligent Guides, Caro Feely’s Half-Full Glass

The Wine Economist

Herewith brief reviews of a series of regional wine guides by Benjamin Lewin MW and the newest volume in Caro Feely’s series on her family’s wine and vineyard experiences in France. Not Your Usual Wine Guide Benjamin Lewin MW, Guides to Wines & Top Vineyards Series. Vendage Press, various dates. Benjamin Lewin travels the world […]

Around the World in Eighty Wines visits Natalie MacLean on Facebook Live

The Wine Economist

Recently I had the pleasure of visiting with Natalie MacLean, editor of Canada’s largest wine review site, on her “Sunday Sipper Club” Facebook Live program. Here’s a link to the program website, which includes both the video replay and some of the many comments from Natalie’s engaged, informed, and very enthusiastic viewers. https://www.nataliemaclean.com/blog/mike-veseth-wine-economist-around-the-world-in-80-wines/ As you […]

What’s Ahead for Wine Tourism in Mendoza? Lessons from a Rock Opera

The Wine Economist

The United Nations World Tourism Organization’s global wine tourism conference in Mendoza, Argentina was full of contrasts as you might expect in a high desert region that is punctuated by isolated vine-filled green oases.  The morning sessions featured conventional conference formats — speakers, panels, Powerpoint slides, dark rooms, coffee breaks (and really good simultaneous translation […]

Four Takeaways from the Global Wine Tourism Conference in Mendoza

The Wine Economist

Sue and I are back from the second United Nations World Tourism Organization global wine tourism conference in Mendoza, Argentina. It was an intense and interesting few days in a welcoming and dynamic part of the wine world. Here are a few things we think we learned at the conference. More to follow. You’ve Come […]

Book Review: Cracking Croatian Wine

The Wine Economist

Cracking Croatian Wine: A Visitor-Friendly Guide, by Dr. Matthew Horkey and Charine Tan, published by Exotic Wine Travel. The Wine Economist and I (Mrs. Wine Economist) live in a community with a distinct Croatian history, with many Croatian-Americans residents, and a Slavonian American Benevolent Society that dates from 1901. A home nearby regularly flies a […]

Wine Book Reviews: Kiwi Revolutions and British Columbia Icons

The Wine Economist

Warren Moran, New Zealand Wine: The Land, the Vines, and the People (Hardie Grant, 2017). John Schreiner, Icon: Flagship Wines from British Columbia’s Best Wineries (Touchwood Editions, 2017). I’ve always thought that New Zealand and British Columbia have a lot in common. Both are spectacularly beautiful places with warm, welcoming people. The wild areas near Tofino on Vancouver […]

It’s Here! “Around the World in Eighty Wines” Now Available

The Wine Economist

I have been waiting for this day for a while! My new book Around the World in Eighty Wines is officially released today in hardback, e-book, and audio book formats.  If you pre-ordered your copy it should arrive very soon. Can’t wait to hear  what you think of it. Actually, if you pre-ordered on Amazon.com you […]

Book Reviews: Lewin on Modern Wine + Alexander’s Wine for Literature Lovers

The Wine Economist

I want to draw your attention to two new wine books. They are as different as different can be, but both are valuable additions to your wine bookshelf. Indispensable Guide to Modern Wine The first book is Wine Myths & Reality by Benjamin Lewin MW and I think it is more than just valuable — indispensable […]

Economic Impact of California Wine Country Wildfires: Preliminary Analysis

The Wine Economist

Like most of you I have been intently focused on the wildfires that have swept through the California North Coast wine region and their tragic human impact. It is difficult to accept that such loss of life and property is possible, but the fires and the winds that drive them have been relentless. I started […]

Publisher’s Weekly & Booklist Review “Around the World in Eighty Wines”

The Wine Economist

Sue and I are back from Mendoza and gearing up for the release of my next book in a couple of weeks. Around the World in Eighty Wines draws its inspiration from the people we have met and the wines we’ve tasted as we have circled the globe in recent years. Can’t wait for my copy […]

Wine Tourism in Mendoza: Rethinking Best-Practices with the UNWTO

The Wine Economist

The Wine Economist will take a break for the next two weeks while Sue and I travel to Mendoza, Argentina for the second Global Wine Tourism conference organized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization and hosted by the Argentina Ministry of Tourism. It will be great to return to Mendoza and to have a […]

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